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Camilla Wilson
Euro Miss



June 1 - 24, 2001

work: an installation of three paintings


Euro Miss was a solo exhibition held at Fordham , an artist-run gallery in Whitechapel, East London. The gallery space was a former cutting shop for the East End fashion industry, located in an area dominated by wholesale fashion merchants. I made paintings which addressed this context and site, by making photographs as source material in neighbouring wholesale fashion merchants. The paintings, of clothes on rails, swathed in plastic, resulting from the photographs, were installed in the gallery, formerly Skylark Fashions. The issue was the representation of these twofold images (clothes under plastic) and to find a painterly rationale for a specific and contemporary interpretation of the painting of drapery.

The exhibition was an installation of paintings, which reflected issues beyond painting itself, such as the history, site and context of the gallery, as addressed by installation practice in recent years. This work was continued into other related contexts, whose subjects were the typical commodities of the East End (see New Artists), where the technical approach remained similar.

I developed a technique of monochrome painting which recalled the photographic colour positive, the retinal after image and the history of painting drapery. As the clothes were seen through a layer of plastic, the technique involved painting two apparent layers in one layer of colour, orange, then wiping over the image at points where the highlights on the plastic denied a view of the clothes within. The mimimal means gave a "virtual" image, which floated on the paintings’ ground, constructing a shallow space around the object.

This work was later exhibited at UGM Maribor, Slovenia in 2006 and featured in the Zoo Art Fair Catalogue, 2006.

related outcome:
Camilla Wilson: New Artists

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